Disruptive Innovation: Innovating Beyond Technology


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Innovation and agility have never been more critical in our industry and daily operations. In this video, DCF’s Rich Miller discusses innovation and agility with Andrew Schaap and Eric Jacobs of Aligned.


Customer requirements are changing fast, and with them, so should the data center landscape. Innovation and agility have never been more critical in our industry and daily operations as demands for higher densities, faster speeds, and the ability to scale quickly become mission critical. The drive towards sustainability also demands data center innovate.

But what does it mean to be a truly innovative data center builder and operator? What does disruptive innovation look like?

In this video, Data Center Frontier’s Rich Miller is joined by Aligned Data Centers’ CEO, Andrew Schaap and its Chief Revenue Officer, Eric Jacobs. They explore how Aligned innovates beyond its proprietary cooling technology and across every aspect of the business – all while looking through the customer lens.

Andrew and Eric will discuss how the growth of data centers is driving a new era of innovation in real estate and financing, design and construction, sustainability, staffing, and most importantly – customer success.

In this webinar, you’ll learn:

  • Why innovation is critical across every facet of a data center business
  • How challenges, trends, and requirements are driving data center innovation
  • Why it is important that your data center service provider is innovating across multiple aspects of their business

The video includes a question and answer session that was recorded during the live webinar.

Featured speakers include:

Rich Miller, Editor-in-Chief, Data Center Frontier

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Andrew Schaap, CEO, Aligned Energy

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Eric Jacobs, Chief Revenue Officer, Aligned

This video, recorded in April of 2022, is a part of Data Center Frontier’s webinar series featuring industry experts discussing a variety of topics relevant to the future of data centers and cloud computing. Look for more great premium video content from Data Center Frontier, as we continue to focus on what’s next for the internet, and the innovations that will take us there​​.